Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

Articles by Tom LaMarra

Peterson: Be Proactive on Racetrack Surface Maintenance

Peterson told regulators racing surfaces shouldn't be considered the cause of fatal breakdowns. Read More

RCI Chief: Horse Racing Industry Must Get Its Act Together

The RCI president said participants' refusal to take responsibility for actions threatens racing's future. Read More

Horse Racing Industry Told to Drop Hammer to Force Reforms

Regulators and industry officials were told to use existing tools to push a uniform medication program. Read More

RCI Chair Pushes States to Act on Racehorse Drug Reforms

The outgoing chair said it is "vitally important" racing jurisdictions adopt uniform drug rules. Read More

Groups Step Up Call for Model Racehorse Drug Rules

Racing groups stepped up their call for swift adoption of national model rules on medication and drug testing. Read More

KHRC Drug Tests: Turfway Meet 'Cleanest'

Four months of racing at Turfway are the "cleanest" in Kentucky, according to drug-testing result analysis. Read More

Kentucky Horsemen Prepped on New Racehorse Drug Rules

Kentucky horsemen received a few tips to avoid headaches when new regulations take effect later in the spring. Read More

NYRA Committee Eyes House Rule on Medication 'Stacking'

"Stacking," is the simultaneous use of legal therapeutic medications. Read More

When Is Medication Uniformity Not Really Uniformity?

Stakeholders are learning how difficult it can be to achieve uniformity, even with basic regulations. Read More

Mid-Atlantic States Move Forward With Racehorse Drug Reform

Industry stakeholders met Jan. 30 for an update on adoption of uniform medication and drug testing rules. Read More

Racehorse Drug Penalty System Next Up in West Virginia

Officials will soon consider a penalty system for drug violations that dovetails with uniform model rules. Read More

Proposed Racehorse Drug Rules Debated in New York

Officials heard the pros and cons of having different medication rules for Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. Read More

EHV Scare at Pennsylvania Racetrack

A barn was quarantined due to a suspected EHV case, but quickly released when the horse tested negative. Read More

Parx Racing EHV-1 Quarantine Lifted

The quarantine of two barns began in early November 2013 when a horse tested positive for EHV-1. Read More

Study Looks at Racehorses' Transitions to Second Careers

The study indicates indicates a large percentage of horses are acquired from their owners, not auctions. Read More

Booklet on Maryland Racehorse Medication Guidelines Released

The booklet lists 24 therapeutic medications with their withdrawal times and threshold levels. Read More

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Awards $1M in Grants

More than 20 accredited racehorse retirement facilities will share in $1 million in grants. Read More

Racehorse Drug Testing Not Without Its Challenges

Out-of-competition drug testing has broad support, but some issues have made use difficult for regulators Read More

Multi-Breed Racehorse Drug Uniformity No Easy Task

The Ohio State Racing Commission indicated it's not prepared to adopt a uniform national drug policy. Read More

Kentucky Drug Panel Okays Model Rule for Most Breeds

The drug council recommended the KHRC adopt the national uniform medication rules for Thoroughbred racing. Read More

EHV-1 Case Brings Quarantine at Parx Racing

Two barns at Parx Racing are under quarantine as a result of a positive test for equine herpesvirus. Read More

USTA Creates Medication Advisory Committee

The United States Trotting Association (USTA) has created its own Medication Advisory Committee. Read More

Breeders' Cup: No Expense Spared on Integrity

Breeders' Cup believes it is prepared in the areas of horse safety and security for the World Championships. Read More

Massachusetts Adopts Uniform Racehorse Drug Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously to adopt uniform medication and drug-testing rules. Read More

Racetracks, Industry Groups Push for Model Drug Rules

More than 50 tracks and organizations signed a letter supporting the model rules and drug-testing reform. Read More